Chelsea’s midweek defeat at West Ham served as a reminder that they still have work to do to strengthen their squad, even if they do have a couple of big names already on the way.
With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech both on their way to Stamford Bridge, defensive changes could now become a priority for Frank Lampard after his team failed to keep a clean sheet for the third successive game since the Premier League resumed.
There were question marks over some of his players for all three of the Hammers’ goals, and Lampard’s patience could be running out.
We’ve taken a look at what’s being reported in the papers, both at home and abroad, as the Chelsea boss looks to ensure his squad is in the best of health going into the 2020/21 season.
Everton could return for Zouma
Chelsea’s transfer ban meant they were never likely to let Kurt Zouma move on last summer, but Le 10 Sport (as translated by the Express) claims the French defender is wanted by Everton after impressing during a loan spell with the Merseyside club, even though they have since changed managers.
Zouma played 32 times for the Toffees last season, impressing as they narrowly missed out on a Europa League spot under Marco Silva.
He has been involved a fair bit at Stamford Bridge this season, but has barely featured since the restart, with Lampard preferring Andreas Christensen and leaving the former Saint-Etienne man on the bench for all three league games, only giving him minutes in the FA Cup win at Leicester.
Leicester are also in the mix for Zouma, according to reports out of France, and the arrival of a new centre-back at Chelsea could convince them to cash in on a player who has made just 69 league appearances for the Blues since joining in 2014.
Chelsea to step up Havertz pursuit
Despite having clinched deals to bring Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are by no means out of the race for German attacker Kai Havertz.
The 21-year-old has failed to take Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League, with Peter Bosz’s side finishing two points outside the top four, and the Telegraph claims Chelsea are ready to ramp up their pursuit for the youngster once he has played for Leverkusen against Bayern Munich in Saturday’s German Cup final.
Havertz scored in wins over Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Cologne during the run-in, but Leverkusen’s defeat to Hertha Berlin in the penultimate week of the season meant they had to settle for fifth place.
Bayern are also still in the mix for the £90m-rated Havertz, according to the same publication, despite signing Manchester City and Germany winger Leroy Sane this week.
Emerson pushing for Chelsea exit
Inter Milan’s interest in Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri hasn’t gone away, and reports from Italy suggest the player himself is keen on a reunion with Antonio Conte after spending a few months under the coach at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian international was brought to Chelsea by Conte in January 2018, and Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) reports that Conte’s Inter believe a deal for the defender is within reach.
The Nerazzurri already have Chelsea’s Victor Moses on loan, and Emerson, who could be available for less than €30m (£27m), is said to be ‘pushing’ for a switch.
Curiously, Inter reportedly see Marcos Alonso as an alternative to Emerson. The Spaniard, four years Emerson’s senior, has been Frank Lampard’s preferred option at left-back for the bulk of this season.
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